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Film: Boudu Saved from Drowning [Boudu sauvé des eaux]
Director: Jean Renoir
Performers: Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia, Charles Granval, unnamed dog
Breed featured: Poodle mix
Production information: Les Établissements Jacques Haïk, 1932 (France)

Boudu, a churlish tramp, loses his beloved dog in a public park. Nobody will help him find his mutt — though when a posh upper-class lady loses her purebred Pekingese worth 10,000 Francs, the police and total strangers all rush to her aid.

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Distraught and unable to recover his lost dog, Boudu throws himself into the river Seine. He is saved from drowning by Mr. Lestingois, a bookseller who brings his “rescue” into his home… not expecting Boudu to repay the favor by occupying his store and completely disrupting his home.

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I’m not sure if the poodle actually is a “mutt” or if he’s just being seen through the lens of his uncouth owner. He looks to me as if he could very well be purebred, but ungroomed.

[Note: Though Bowdu often behaves in an anarchic, boorish manner similar to the title character in this story, there is no connection.]

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